The Cardinal Foundation has announced a series of donations to local schools, including a major contribution which should provide a boost to the building of a planned almost 2,000-square-foot field house that will be located across Old U.S. 52, between the baseball and softball fields.
According to Cardinal Foundation President Earl Sheppard, the foundation will donate $7,000 to aid with the initial expense with an architect.
“Our board voted unanimously to approve this donation,” Sheppard said. “We feel like it’s a great cause and hope this will really help. East Surry has a great faculty and tremendous support for its academics and athletics.”
The Cardinal Foundation will provide additional support by turning over an ongoing fundraiser from selling signage around the East Surry football field to the East Surry Booster Club.
“We’ve sold signs ever since the Cardinal Foundation was formed,” Sheppard said. “We have 56 signs now and we feel like the booster club will do a great job of continuing to sell them. We’re excited about the potential of this and hope they’ll be able to use the continued selling of signs to pay and hopefully pay off the building.”
The school hopes to break ground on the 48 x 24 structure within the next six months.
The Cardinal Foundation has also made a $2,000 donation to benefit the backpack programs at four schools. Pilot Mountain Middle School and Pilot Mountain, Shoals and Westfield elementary schools will each receive $500 for their programs.
Sheppard said that letters have been provided to East Surry Principal Lorrie Sawyers, notifying the school of the donations.